Author: Jen

Medistik – Product Review & Giveaway



My journey with Medistik began 2 years ago when a Nurse Practitioner recommended it me. She had discovered it at her chiropractor’s office after a back injury. She said it made such a difference in her recovery. I had never heard of it before, but was desperate for pain relief. I’d been using other topical products with no success so I thought I would give it a try and I’ve never used anything else since.

Medistik is a pain reliever made in Canada. Its a topical treatment that soothes aching muscles and joints and helps reduce my pain. I put it on every day before I bed and now I don’t think I could sleep without it. You don’t need to put on much to feel its effects.

From the Pamphlet:

How Does Medistik Work?

Alleviates Pain and Inflammation: 

When you are injured enzymes in your body create chemicals that cause pain and inflammation in your muscles and joints. Our Medistik Dual blocks enzymes from producing these chemicals, which alleviates your pain and inflammation.

Improves Blood Flow:

Medistik opens up your blood vessels where it is applied. This increases blood flow and oxygen content at the site of the injury, and speeds pain relief and healing.

Strength of Ingredients:

We produce the strongest topical pain relief products you can buy without a prescription. Powerful ingredients, herbs, vitamins and natural additives help muscles, joints, the nervous system and fight inflammation. (Ingredients like Peppermint oil, Glucosamine. . .)

It comes in three forms. The Medistik Dual Stick, the Dual spray and the Ice- roll on or in pump form. I use the Medistik Dual in stick form, which product might be the best for you?

I think the best way to decide is to try them all, which is why I’m so excited so to be offering a giveaway on the blog.  I’m giving away the Grand Prize you see below as well as three individual Dual Sticks. All you have to do is comment below and tell me what kind of pain you experience. Share your story with me. I’ll choose one lucky winner for the grand prize and three others. You must be a resident of Canada or the United States to enter. Contest Closes Friday May 5th 2017.

 ***Thank you to Medistik for providing the prizes***


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In Sickness and in Health- Marriage and Chronic Illness


No one signs up for chronic pain, (at least I wouldn’t think anyone would). Nevertheless chronic pain showed up in my life nearly 14 years ago. It showed up and has impacted every area of my life including my marriage.

At the altar on the day of the wedding most couples repeat the vows “in sickness and in health”. A promise to be there for each other no matter the circumstances, but how many couples actually can live up to those standards? Illness can permeate a marriage changing the roles of the couple. From equal partners to one who is the caregiver and one who is sick. When suffering, pain, doctors appointments and medications become the focus, relationships can easily unravel. Guilt, and resentment can take over. My husband and I have been married for 19 years and here is what we have learned together along the way:

  • Accept that sometimes and in some ways you need a caregiver. There are some things that I just can not do anymore at all or without assistance. It’s our reality. Just like when he is sick with a cold or flu, I do my best to look after him. When I’m in a flare he does his best to look after me.
  • Communication and Appreciation:  We check in with other all the time. I make sure that he knows how much I appreciate all he does for me and our family. He acknowledges the ways that I contribute so that it lessens my guilt.
  • There are going to be hard times. Being a caregiver is tough. Especially when you already work full time. He gets tired (so do I), he gets moody (so do I) but these times will pass.
  • Reassurance: I often need his reassurance that I am not a burden. Sometimes, on bad days I need to hear it over and over again, and he needs to be okay with telling me over and over again.
  • Remember what you love about the your partner. What drew you together? Write a list of your partners qualities that you love and share it with them.
  • Patience. Kindness & Understanding. You may not be living the life that you envisioned, but you’re together. You’re a team and that’s what matters.
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Dear Jen- Perseverance- Pep Talk Needed



Dear Jen,

I know what you’re thinking. Well, of course I do because I’m you. You’re thinking that life is too hard, that the pain is too much and that you feel beaten down by this flare. You’re running out of steam, out of motivation and out of  – for lack of a better work “zest”.

We’ve been here many times before. And we give in to those feelings. We give up, shut down, isolate and hide. But not this time. This time we are going to practice a word called perseverance. Which basically means don’t you dare give up. Don’t let the lack of progress suck the the life out of you. You wanted a revolution. You wanted your eyes to have that spark again and you and only you can make that happen.

You have a big and busy week ahead of you. And you can do it. You can also get back to the track, and back on track with all the plans you had this year. Because you’re worth it and we can’t let the pain win. You deserve to have a happy life. Even if that life means you’re dealing with physical and emotional pain. So to ensure this week goes smoothly, extra self care is needed. Which means doing the extra things that help us feel good. Art, writing, going to bed early and planning out each and every day. Our word for the day is perseverance.  So suck it up, because future Jen will thank you.

Dedicated to my dear friend Alan, whose voice I can hear in my head saying all these things.

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50 Ways to Take a Break


Everyone needs a break, I know I need many throughout the day, and this graphic is so great! Here are a few of my favourites pictured:

  1. Colour with crayons
  2. Read or watch something funny. (Thank God for Big Bang Theory)
  3. Take a bath
  4. Light a candle (or many candles, just don’t leave them unattended)
  5. Call a friend. -thank you Rebecca, Alan, Adrienne and Hilary
  6. Find a relaxing scent. For me it’s lavender.
  7. Give thanks. When I’m really anxious, I sit down and write down what I’m grateful for. It seems to help calm the anxiety.
  8. Sing (ok- I added this one-but it does make me happy)

What are a few of your favourites? What would you add?

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